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Giles neglects sign-off for community grants, says Labor

p2160-Natasha-FylesLETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
Sir – The chaos and dysfunction in the CLP Government is delaying sign off on important funding agreements.
 
The Community Benefit Fund Major Community Grants program had been delayed by months with many organisations waiting to hear about desperately needed funding.
 
We have been told Adam Giles has still not signed off on these grants, worth up to $200,000 each, despite applicants being told they would be advised on September 30 about the outcomes of their submissions.
 
These community organisations already run a tight ship with tight timelines and a delay like this has a huge impact on the ability to operate and plan.
 
They don’t know whether new projects have got the go-ahead, whether they can move on with employing new staff to implement the programs and whether they need to apply elsewhere for funding.
 
Mr Giles is obviously not keeping up with the day-to-day workload of carrying the portfolios of ex-Minister Dave Tollner, as well as his own.
 
He refused to bring in a new face to his Cabinet after telling tired Dave to take a ‘rest’.
 
The Community Benefit Fund received $2.368 million from the levy on electronic gaming machines in hotels during 2013-14.
 
Natasha Fyles 
Shadow Minister for Government Accountability 
 
 

1 COMMENT

  1. The committee’s meeting to consider applications was actually held in October so I don’t think that the delay can be the fault of the Minister.

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